1987 - Volume #11, Issue #4, Page #15[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Fold up bale mover looks like a bumperYou've never seen a pickup bale mover like this new Canadian-invented "Bale Bumper" that folds up out of the way into a good-looking pickup bumper when not in use but can pick up and unroll any size bale at any time with the touch of cab-mounted levers.
Rancher L. Dean Antal invented the bale mover for use on his own farm near Cardston, Alberta. He got so much interest from neighbors who got a look at the mover that he decided to produce the unit commercially.
Antal's Bale Bumper uses a 12-volt hydraulic pump that mounts under the hood so it can be operated with or without the engine running. The bale lifter takes up no room in the pickup bed and can be used for anything a normal bumper would, including trailer towing. When activated from the cab, the two bale-handling arms simply unfold from the bumper - nothing to unpin or disconnect - and lift any size bale like any other pickup bale mover. It's fitted with three hydraulic cylinders - one for each lifting arm and one to tilt the bumper up and down to raise the bale.
Antal says that besides lifting bales, you can also load other heavy loads into the pickup. One farmer swings a feed hopper from the bale arms and another runs a pipe across the extended bale arms to extend the length of the pickup bed 13 ft. for long loads.
The bumper weighs about 400 lbs. and lifts up to 1 ton. Although not yet in full production, Antal expects it to sell for about $3,500 (Canadian).
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dean Antal, LDM Enterprises, Box 1347, Cardston, Alberta, Canada T0K 0K0 (ph 403 653-2120).
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